Adult & Senior Classes

Stage West is celebrating its 40th year!! Our Education department is looking back and moving forward in celebration of this milestone anniversary. Our goal is to provide an experience of fun and creativity while learning the art of theater! We infuse all of our classes with acting techniques from a variety of sources.

Classes

MONDAY
6:30-8:00

Acting for Adults: Foundation Part 2, Completing the Chekhov Techniques

Jan 14 –April 22, (no class Feb 25 and March 11)
Taught by Doug Davidson
Learn a rehearsal & performance system and the art of creating unique characters. Using the ideas and techniques from Foundation 1, students will work on scenes and monologues while studying the more advanced ideas in Foundation 2. 

(Beth Bando Bontley will teach a mini Foundation Part 1 to students who wish to jump on in to this class. Speak with her at Beth [at] stagewest.org.)

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TUESDAY
6:30-7:30

Acting for Seniors

Jan 15-April 23,  (no class Feb 27 and March 12)
Taught by Michael Muller
Want to learn basic acting skills and vocabulary to enhance your theatrical experiences?  Come enjoy a fun-filled environment for re-visiting old skills or building new ones, with plenty of growth, stimulation and camaraderie for all! The focus for this semester is the Meisner approach with a bit of Chekhov thrown in the mix!

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WEDNESDAY
6:30-8:00

Auditions and Professional Preparation

Jan 16-April 24,  (no class Feb 28 and March 13)
Taught by faculty and staff of Stage West
This class is for pro-active actors, both new and veteran, who wish to prep and polish audition skills and knowledge. Students will receive tips on finding monologues and help selecting material. This 13 week workshop completes with a showcase of the monologues.

Class 1: What an Actor Needs: Pictures and Resumes, Jan. 16,
In this class, Donatelle Mascari will cover all aspects of Make-up for Photos, Film, The Stage and Auditions. The Art of Successful Pictures and Resumes will be covered by Stage West teaching artists and producers.
Class 2-10: How to choose and prepare contrasting monologues; the art of the Cold Read. Taught by multiple Stage West teaching artists and producers. 
Class 11-12: Voice & Diction, Accent Creation & Accent Reduction. Taught by Maggie Crawford
Class 13: A performance of your monologues

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SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
 Feb 2 and Feb 9, 2:00 – 6:00; Performance Feb. 9 at 6:30

Improv Intensives: Classic 2nd City and Groundling Style Improv

For ages 18 +
Taught by Allison Connor
In this 2-Saturday workshop students will learn through theater games, exercises and “scene work” in a fun and supportive environment. We will develop skills in listening, teamwork, creativity, and spontaneity. The 2 days of improv training will culminate in a "Night at the Stage West Improv" show for family and friends.

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Tuition Schedule

Class Fees: A $15 admin fee will be added per course
Drop Fees: $25, for courses dropped after enrollment

Acting for Seniors
$50 a month, $200 for the 3 month semester

Adult Class, Foundation 2, Completing the Chekhov Techniques
$75 per month, $300 for the semester

Auditions and Professional Preparation
$75 per month, $300 for the semester

Improv 2 Day Intensive
$100

Discounts & Specials

Please choose the discount that works best for your situation. Offers may not be combined.

Holiday Discounts:
Enroll in classes by December 31 and get $10 off per class, plus 2 free tickets to any Mainstage shows (on Thurs or Fri night.)
Enroll by Jan 7 and get 2 free tix.

For Stage West Theater Subscribers/Season Pass holders: Enroll in classes by December 31, $10 off per class, plus an extra guest pass.  After Dec 31, $10 off per class.

Sibling DISCOUNT: 
Each additional family member or sibling gets 10% off the full-priced first member. 

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Email: education [at] stagewest.org

or

Phone:  817-554-3613


Teachers

Beth Bando Bontley, Education Director

Beth has honed her skills over the decades in all areas of theater. She has acted extensively in NYC and in Boston, where she established her first acting studio. Locally she has performed with Echo, Theater 3, Circle, Runway and Artisan Theaters.  She has taught at TCU, TCC, STAGE, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Children’s Theater and Kids Who Care.

Beth earned her BA in Speech and Drama at Trinity University; completed the two year conservatory at Circle in the Square in NYC; and earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Her original one woman show, ‘Acet-o-philous or Vinegar Love’ has been performed at Arts 5th Ave, the United Solo Festival in NYC and the Ft. Worth Fringe. She is also an author and a speaker, devoted to personal and artistic growth.

Allison Connor

Allison has been performing and teaching Improv for over 20 years.  She has performed and trained with The Groundlings in L.A., The Second City in Chicago and Gotham City Improv in NYC.  She has taught Improv at The Comedy Store in L.A. and led numerous improvisational workshops for corporations, schools and universities.  She has appeared in many national television commercials and on HBO's improvised hit comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm."  

Allison teaches Improv within the Keller ISD and currently directs the Keller High School Indian Improv Troupe and the all-kid Minor Trouble Improv Co. 

She is delighted to be working at Stage West!

Michael Muller

Michael Muller is happy to be joining Stage West as a member of the education team. He has appeared in over 70 productions across  the metroplex with performances at Stage West as well as Amphibian Productions, Jubilee Theatre, Circle Theatre, Dallas Theatre Centre, Casa Manana, Theatre Three, Fort Worth's Shakespeare in the Park . He also worked as Production Manager for The Dallas Shakespeare Festival for 3 years, Producing Director for Shakespeare in the Park for 7 years, and as Producer and Director for about 35 National Tours. He also has taught acting for about 20 years, most recently at Paschal High School .